When a patient is diagnosed with incontinence they often feel the weight that comes with having to adapt their lifestyle with the use of adult diapers, catheters, and other protective products. Then they tend to worry about concealing the use of these items. Will their diaper bulge show? Will their catheter be obvious? Will their diapers be noise? Once they urinate will it smell or cause their protective undergarments to sag? The stress of these questions can be quickly relieved by making the best outfit choices for hiding diapers and catheters.
Hiding Diapers and Catheters
No matter what incontinence products you need to use, remain confident. Chances are someone you know easily conceals their protective undergarments without you even knowing it. All you need is a little extra planning.
Avoid waiting until you have urinated to find a bathroom. Schedule out your bathroom breaks every 2 to 3 hours to take breaks as needed to avoid accidents before they happen. It can also be helpful to know where the bathrooms are located ahead of time or to scout out locations once you arrive.
Use wider diapers and larger catheter bags during activities that will prevent you from having bathroom access for prolonged periods of time.
Keys To Hiding Adult Diapers
The first step involved with concealing adult diapers is making sure that you have the correct fit to avoid leaks. Make sure that your diaper or briefs fit snugly around your waist without leaving any gaps around your legs. Your incontinence supplies shouldn’t be too tight, pinch, or cause discomfort. Many are flexible and will allow you to comfortably remain active.
Your height, the width of your hips, and weight will be taken into consideration for finding the right fit. Be sure to adjust your size if you lose or gain weight to maintain the proper fit.
Wearing the Right Outfits
Many people think that because they need to wear an adult diaper, they have to give up their jeans, but this isn’t the case. Some jeans leave enough room in the crotch for briefs and other products to comfortably fit without wearing a bulge. You can also wear higher waisted jeans or a pair that’s one size up. Just avoid skinny jeans or a pair that’s too small. Jeans are great for muffling plastic ruffling.
You can also wear baggy clothes such as a skirt or slacks, but they may not be as great as concealing diaper rustling. You can wear male briefs or tights under your clothes to help silence your undergarments or use adult pull-ups with more cloth-like material. Tights can also prevent sagging, but if they’re too tight they could impact your undergarments structure and lead to leaks.
If you have tighter pants or want to wear leggings, pair them with a long shirt or jacket that goes past your crotch area to hide the diaper bulge.
Some people tuck in their shirts when participating in activities that involve squatting down or bending over.
Unless you use an intermittent catheter you will have a drainage bag that you can strategically place on your thigh to conceal it. You can use belly bags or leg bags depending on your personal preference.
Belly bags attach to your waist while leg bags can be strategically placed on your thigh. With either option, wear baggy clothing that’s easy to get in and out of for changing purposes.
Sweatpants or jeans that are one size up work fine as long as they don’t pull on your catheter tubing.
Often times women with catheters find it’s easy to wear skirts, as long as they’re long enough to cover their drainage bag.
You can wear legging or tights with the use of a long shirt or jacket to cover your drainage bag.
There are also a variety of easy access clothes for catheter users, including pants that zip up on the side.
Disposing of Products
If you void your bladder you will want to clean up and change as soon as possible. Be prepared with enough incontinence supplies to make it through your activities. Always carry extra diapers or catheter supplies in bag or briefcase.
There are a variety of smaller bags, purses, and carrying cases that will conceal intermittent catheter insertion kits on your way to the bathroom if you don’t want to carry a larger bag.
Make sure that your bag has a pocket for soiled materials in case you don’t have access to a trash can and carry them. Be sure to have a plastic bag to place wet items in.
Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.
Some users will pack extra underwear and pants in case accidents happen.
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